Police searching for man who robbed PNC Bank in Zebulon

amoody@newsobserver.comDecember 16, 2013 

— The person responsible for robbing PNC Bank’s downtown Zebulon branch Monday morning remained at large as of Wednesday.

The robbery took place about 10:45, when police say a black man between 5-foot-9 and 6 feet tall entered the bank at 300 N. Arendell Avenue and demanded money from a clerk without showing or indicating he had a weapon. No one was injured in the incident.

The suspect is described as being of medium build. He was wearing blue jeans, a navy blue hoodie over a white T-shirt, thick gray gloves and black tennis shoes at the time of the robbery, and had red scarf or bandanna across his face.

Zebulon police Chief Tim Hayworth said the suspect made off with less than $1,000 through the back door of the bank and ran north toward Rite Aid.

Police arrived at the bank a matter of minutes after the 911 call. By 11:35 a.m., the area was taped off and a Knightdale K-9 unit was assisting in the search for the suspect.

“Were thinking (the suspect) probably ran a short distance and had a car parked somewhere in this block area,” Hayworth said Monday at the scene. “Someone may have been on Arendell or Gannon (avenues) who might have picked him up.”

Police are also searching for the owner of a white, four-door sedan – thought to be a Cadillac CTS or Ford Fusion captured in surveillance footage at Rite Aid when the robbery occurred. In a press release, Hayworth emphasized the reason for the vehicle’s presence is unknown, but said the owner may have useful information regarding the crime.

Hayworth said the suspect’s heavy winter attire might jog the memory of witnesses, who he said can provide police with crucial information in these types of cases.

“He was a little overdressed for the chilly weather,” Hayworth said. “We know there were some customers in the PNC Bank and Rite Aid parking lots. Even if people think they know just a little something is off, it can be a piece that helps us solve the puzzle.”

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact the Zebulon Police Department at 919-823-1818 or Eastern Wake Crimestoppers at 919-366-2746. A reward will be given in exchange for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

Moody: 919-829-4806; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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